South Park is an American animated television sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for Comedy Central that debuted on August 13, 1997. The series originated from a pair of animated shorts titled The Spirit of Christmas, and the first episode of South Park originally aired on August 13, 1997 on Comedy Central. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become infamous for its crude language and dark, surreal humor that lampoons a wide range of topics. The story revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick—and their bizarre adventures in and around the eponymous Colorado town.
Episodes of South Park have been nominated for a variety of different awards, including 3 Annie Awards (with one win), 2 Critics' Choice Television Award (with no wins), 17 Emmy Awards (with five wins), 3 TCA Awards (with no wins), and received a Peabody Award. Several compilation DVDs have been released. In addition, the first twenty seasons have been released on DVD and Blu-ray.
On July 8, 2015, two months prior to the Season 19 premiere, Comedy Central announced they had renewed South Park for an additional 30 episodes over 3 seasons. This renewal was in addition to the two-year contract already in place with Parker and Stone, guaranteeing South Park would air until at least 2019. On September 12, 2019, the show was renewed for seasons 24 through 26 until 2022. The upcoming 23rd season, scheduled to premiere on September 25, 2019, is the third season in that three-season contract extension; while Comedy Central has not yet spoken out about renewing or cancelling the series, Parker and Stone have expressed interest in continuing the series until Comedy Central cancels it. As of September 5, 2019, 297 episodes of South Park have aired, concluding the twenty-second season.